Beethoven: Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59 (“Für Elise”)
WoO = Works without an Opus number
Possibility that Beethoven’s poor handwriting led to misreading: “Fur Therese”
Form is Rondo – ABACA
Bagatelle is French for “a small thing of little consequence”
Here is a very nicely nuanced performance by the great pianist Alfred Brendel. Notice his relaxed speed and total control.